Commensurate with experience, location etc.
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Ignite Philanthropy: Inspiring the End to Violence Against Girls and Boysis a pooled, collaborative donor fund comprising Human Dignity Foundation, Oak Foundation, and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund.  Ignite Philanthropy’s goal is to maximize philanthropy’s collective ability to take risks and act boldly in support of evidence-based solutions that prevent violence and help girls and boys to thrive.  

Illustrative examples of Ignite Philanthropy initiatives include the following:  

1. End Violence Investors Forum

Among other priorities, Ignite Philanthropy seeks to help build a strong resource, asset, and commitment base for effective efforts to prevent violence against children.  To this end, Ignite Philanthropy supported the 2017-2018 conceptualization and incubation of the End Violence Investors Forum.  The Investors Forum convenes major, international, public and private, source donors to collaborate and to align and increase funding and advocacy for urgently ending violence against children, in support of the mission of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

A core group of bilateral and philanthropic donors held the Forum’s first two in-person meetings in 2018 and will continue guiding future efforts.  Among others, participating public and private donors include the Governments of Canada, Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States, and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Human Dignity Foundation, Oak Foundation, Porticus Global, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and World Childhood Foundation.  Ignite Philanthropy is committed to progressively developing, testing, and refining the Investors Forum concept over 2019-2020 in collaboration with these donors and future donor participants.

2. ‘Out of the Shadows’ Advocacy Fund

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Sexual Violence Against Children (SVAC) Index – titled – is the first major international study focused specifically on the ubiquitous crisis of child sexual abuse and exploitation.  The Index authoritatively measures the extent to which national-level stakeholders (i.e., government, the private sector, civil society, academia, and the media) are acknowledging SVAC, and to which they are implementing measures to address and prevent it.  In January 2019, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) launched the first iteration of the Index covering 40 countries; more than 50 articles, radio or TV spots covered the Index around the world within one month’s time (e.g., see The Guardian). Ignite Philanthropy has since commissioned further EIU work to increase Index coverage to 60 countries and thereby reflect 85% of the world’s children. 

Ignite Philanthropy has concurrently launched a $1.25M Advocacy Fund to expand efforts to translate the Index into action at national, regional, and global levels.  Taking advantage of the unprecedented opportunities created by the Out of the Shadows Index, the Advocacy Fund is issuing funding to advocates in key strategy countries who can push industry and governments to more effectively address child sexual abuse.

Position Summary

The Program Assistant will play a central role in ensuring effective coordination and administration across these and other Ignite Philanthropy initiatives as necessary.  Reporting to the Director, the Program Assistant will work closely with the current Ignite team of three, depending on the project and need. S/he will also work with Ignite donors, consultants, and grantee and other partners in order to maximise operational efficiency and impact.

The Program Assistant position location is flexible although preferably in or near GMT or CET time zones, as the most frequent communications will be with colleagues in these time zones. Ignite staff work remotely in their respective countries of residence, typically from home offices or co-working spaces; candidates based in/near Florence, Geneva or London are therefore encouraged to apply, to allow for more frequent in-person mentoring and support from existing Ignite staff members. Ignite Philanthropy welcomes and encourages candidates from low- and middle-income countries to apply for this role and join our team. 

Responsibilities and Tasks 

  • Grantmaking and contracting: Support all Ignite Philanthropy grantmaking and contracting processes, including but not limited to liaising with grantee partners and contractors/consultants as needed for due diligence review (e.g., translators, legal counsel), and collaborating closely with the New Venture Fund Account Team in order to facilitate grants/contracts/payments as needed
  • Reporting: Assist in overseeing grant/contract reporting processes, conducting review of all narrative/budget reporting, and supporting as necessary around any follow-up issues that emerge
  • Administration, program and event support: Provide administrative and programmatic assistance as needed to the Director and to other Ignite Philanthropy activities, including proactive support around meeting/event planning and execution, travel, expense reconciliation and streamlining and maintaining programmatic files, work plans, and planning calendars 
  • Proposals and reporting: Assist in coordinating and supporting the development of Ignite Philanthropy proposal development and reporting


Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability   

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience
  • International experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
  • Familiarity with budget and financial management 
  • Native or near-native English fluency
  • Excellent fit with Ignite Philanthropy’s ethos and approach
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and sensitivity to the diversity of values, views and approaches to issues relevant to Ignite Philanthropy allies and partners around the world
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills, very collegialdemeanor, and ability to build relationships and communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of partners
  • Experience working with remote colleagues/partners, and independently without close oversight
  • Exceptional reliability, organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines, and demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities
  • Ability to take creative initiative and contribute ideas for enhancing performance and impact
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information 
  • Ability to conduct calls at early/late hours as needed to accommodate partners’ diverse time zones
  • Occasional international travel required

Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability 

  • Professional experience with a grantmaking institution 
  • Bachelors’ degree in a relevant field
  • Professional experience in low- and middle-income countries 
  • Working proficiency in French and/or Spanish 
Refreshed on: 24 July 2019
Closed date: 04 August 2019
Tags: Intl Development, Project Management

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